Definition for PLAT'Y-PUS


Two quadrupeds of New Holland, now called Ornithorrhynchus paradoxus and O. fuscus. They are monotrematous edentate mammals, the body covered with hair, a bill like a duck, teeth planted in a kind of gums, webbed feet with a venomous spur on the hinder leg, connected with a reservoir of poison in the soles of the feet, which is supplied by glands situated by the side of the spine, just above the pelvis.

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